Meet Josh!

Not too long ago, I mentioned that I had someone new join the gang.  It actually happened a couple of months ago, but with everything I had going on, I’m just now getting around to writing about it.

Roll back to February 2016, and some of the girls were getting ready to go to the Snowball Dance.  Several of the girls mentioned a young man named Josh Montgomery and how they thought for sure he would be crowned King of the Snowball Dance.  Funny how mention of something as simple as an unseen character can spark an idea.

A box arrived not long after my birthday in September 2017.  Sharry from Julie Newman’s Time Capsule told me that there was a package coming.  I was not prepared for what it was though.  You can imagine my surprise when I opened it up and there was a boy doll!  I immediately called her, and she said that she decided I needed Josh to come to life!!

I’m not 100% sure exactly who makes Josh.  He has no tags, and while I found several dolls that looked like him online, they were sold by several different companies, so that didn’t help.  He’s well made though, close to AG quality, definitely better than some of the other brands I’ve seen.

Josh likes to skateboard.  He is the youngest of 3, his brother and sister are quite a bit older and have since moved out and into their own homes, so he’s by himself.  However, Ryan is pleased as punch to have a friend.  He was getting tired of being bossed about by his sister Jenny and her friends!!

Josh is just slightly shorter than AG dolls, you can see here beside Ryan there is a very slight difference.  Otherwise, the AG clothing fits him just fine.  I may change his hairstyle a bit, still not sure exactly what I want to do, and haven’t had much time to do it!  I think it will be fun coming up with some boy type stories for these two though.  Thanks again Sharry!!!

Speaking of gifts–Xyra from Tea Time With Melody Q sent me some lovely doll sized goodies for Christmas.  My favorite though was a prairie style hat, reminiscent of those that Laura Ingalls Wilder wore.  It reminded me of the prairie outfits my mom used to make for Barbie dolls.  However, as I was checking it out, I realized that it might fit someone else…


My Life As Holiday Dresses!

I had something else I was going to post this week, but then I came across these My Life As sets and I wanted to be sure and share, just in case you wanted to try and pick some up for the holiday season.  I’ll be honest, I’ve not been a big fan of My Life As clothing, the few items I’ve bought have been poorly made and/or didn’t fit great.  Apparently all of the complaints have been taken to heart though, I’ve read a lot of reviews on other blogs in recent months and it doesn’t seem to be as big of an issue.  At just under $10 a set, I decided to go ahead and take a chance on a couple so I could see for myself.  I was not disappointed.

First I’ll show you the Ivory Lace Dress with headband.  This is a knock off of an AG design, but that’s okay, it’s well done and not even close to as expensive.  And it fits beautifully!  Here’s Sophia modeling it for us.  I paired it with the shoes from Isabelle’s meet outfit.

It was easy to put on and no problems at all closing up the velcro in the back.

A close up of the skirt:

The headband is a stretchy elastic style and fits very well.  I prefer this style over the plastic band ones, these stay in place much better.  Plus–has anyone else noticed that the AG ones are too short????

Next we have Kanani in the Turquoise Sequin Glitter Dress with Headband!  The fit on this one wasn’t quite as good as the first, but not horrible either.  It was a little snug, but not so much that I couldn’t get the velcro to close.  It did make the top part fit a little weird though around the neck.  I paired it with the original Truly Me meet outfit shoes, they were a perfect match!

There were quite a few other holiday style dresses, it was hard to pick favorites.  I just narrowed it down to these two as we have plenty of other dresses in the wardrobe.  It has bee tempting to go back and see what else is still there…

I did get one other outfit though.

They call this the Pink and Blue Casual Outfit.  First, I don’t really think of that as pink, it’s more of a coral color.  And when I looked at it, I saw pajamas.  What do you think?

I suppose it could go either way.  Shivan said it was very comfy.  The pants were a little bit of a struggle to get on, but once on, they fit more like leggings.  The back of the top closes, but it could stand to be cut just a wee bit larger.

The jacket is really cute on.  Still looks like pj’s to me though. 😉

“I don’t know about you Archie, but all of this fashion talk is making me tired!”


“Ruff!”  (That’s dog for “goodnight”)

October Book Group–“Meet Rebecca”

Hello everyone!  I’ve missed our little book chats, I’m glad to get back to doing these.  This month the book to discuss is “Meet Rebecca”.  Let’s get started!

For me, this book was okay but didn’t impress me a bunch.  I guess the best way to describe it is it’s too formulaic.  Maybe I’m being a bit harsh as a good bit of the book is spent explaining some of the Jewish words and customs to the reader, and that isn’t a bad thing, but it lacks some of the good story telling that I’ve encountered in some of the other books like Meet Kit and Meet Marie-Grace simply because it would have made the book way too long.

I did like the way Rebecca decided to earn some money and how she had a change of heart in what to do with the money.  I also liked her Bubbie and her frequent comments about how things were changing which I imagine were common issues for people of her generation who came to the United States.  Just being uprooted from ones homeland and then experiencing many of the enormous changes the world was going through at that time in history had to be a very traumatic and scary experience for many of the immigrants.  It reminded me of a woman who I used to know whose family immigrated to the US from Germany right around the time of World War II.  The story she told about how her parents mailed money and clothes to family there so that they could celebrate a family wedding there in conjunction with the event here in the US was fascinating to me.  It was a great example of the family ties crossing the ocean, much the way they did with Rebecca’s family trying to figure out how to get some of their family out of danger in Russia.

The biggest downside to this book is the underlying story about the perils facing those still living in Russia.  Perhaps this is why this book was a let down to me as this is a part of history that I’ve done a lot of research about.  It would be very difficult to pay much attention to it in a book of this type as it would be a whole book in itself!  Plus I have to remind myself that these books are aimed at a grade school to middle school reader and it probably wouldn’t be all that interesting to them on a larger scale.  Hopefully it inspired some readers to go and do some research on their own as it’s a very complicated but interesting period in Russian history.

Overall, the book wasn’t horrible, but I found it hard to get excited about.  I do plan on reading the rest eventually though, and I’m hoping that we see more of Cousin Max and the annoying Leo.  I did get tired of hearing Rebecca continually complaining about not being allowed to do anything because she wasn’t old enough.  Maybe it was just me though.

What did you think of “Meet Rebecca”?

The book for November will be “Aloha, Kanani”.  We will be taking December off due to the holidays and will resume in January.  I will give the book list for the first part of 2018 next month so everyone has time to locate them.